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US moving Navy destroyers off coast of Libya
CNN ^ | 9/12/2012 | Barbara Starr

Posted on 09/12/2012 3:49:33 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot

Two US Navy warships are moving towards the coast of Libya, two US officials tell CNN. The destroyers are the USS Laboon and the USS McFaul. Both ships are equipped with tomahawk missiles that could be used if a strike was ordered. Tomahawks are satellite-guided cruise missiles that can be programmed to hit specific targets.

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1 posted on 09/12/2012 3:49:36 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Political theater. The destroyers will have no impact except if they have a helo that can quickly evacuate our people.


2 posted on 09/12/2012 3:51:29 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

Operation Arabs Sprung


3 posted on 09/12/2012 3:52:08 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Locking the stable door, at best. But mostly political theater to show that Obie is paying lots of attention.

Maybe they’ll put Kaddafi back in charge. Oh, wait. He’s dead.


4 posted on 09/12/2012 3:53:16 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

My guess is a bunch of deserted tents will be bombed this month. Followed by a tough guy -in- chief speech.


5 posted on 09/12/2012 3:54:12 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

A case of too much, too late


6 posted on 09/12/2012 3:55:04 PM PDT by chuckee (like)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

They’d really understand if we still had Battleships to put on their coast to shell the Butts.


7 posted on 09/12/2012 3:55:51 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Palmetto Patriot
an act of war must illicit a response. hopefully strong and disproportionate as opposed to measured
8 posted on 09/12/2012 3:56:20 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Delivering arms, cash and porno to Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood buds no doubt.


9 posted on 09/12/2012 3:56:32 PM PDT by Happy Rain (Mitt four then Sarah eight.)
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To: Palmetto Patriot
What will be interesting to watch will be how Obama handles the sequestration report now.

His plan of how to apply the $600 B in defense cuts was due last week. They said they would publish it this week.

Bambi's now trying to appear strong. How are those cuts going to look in the wake of this disaster?

10 posted on 09/12/2012 3:57:47 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Palmetto Patriot

This will be some more Clintonian tough-guy theater - lobbing some missiles at camels and then some chest pounding. The same weakling approach that eventually led up to the WTC 9/11.


11 posted on 09/12/2012 3:58:00 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Wag the Dog, divert attention away from something else that they don’t want Americans to see.


12 posted on 09/12/2012 3:58:00 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: SandRat

Sigh

Yes

The Missouri comes to mind


13 posted on 09/12/2012 3:58:33 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Libya moving anti-ship camels to coast


14 posted on 09/12/2012 3:59:26 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Spit? Who knew??)
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To: kabar
The destroyers will have no impact except if they have a helo that can quickly evacuate our people.

Agree.

I expect that there is a team heading to Benghazi to recover the bodies of the Ambassador and the other victims. These two ships are probably there to provide cover and/or a quick getaway in case the mob tries to interfere.

15 posted on 09/12/2012 4:00:49 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (2010 All Over Again. Make it happen. Get Busy!)
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16 posted on 09/12/2012 4:00:54 PM PDT by tumblindice (sic semper)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

WTF are they going to bomb? This was a pack of wild animals, not a mother #$#%$@ regular army!


17 posted on 09/12/2012 4:01:19 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Tin cans are useless.

Send in the “Iowa” and the “Wisconsin”

Give ‘em some 16-inch thunder.

Maybe even a Tomahawk or three.


18 posted on 09/12/2012 4:01:37 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (I'm a grown-ass man, I thought I'd seen it all.)
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To: Palmetto Patriot
What the heck do they think a couple of tin cans are going to do. They only carry a handful of BGM-109s and their 5” popguns aren't going to do much against sand. DDGs just don't have the magazine capacity for a sustained bombardment. if we had one precise target to strike perhaps. But we don't.
19 posted on 09/12/2012 4:03:25 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Steve Newton

It and the New Jersey.


20 posted on 09/12/2012 4:04:33 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

There used to be a carrier battle group and marines afloat in the med. Oh, and there USED to be Marines at embasseys.


21 posted on 09/12/2012 4:06:14 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

To the shores of Tripoli, Baby.


22 posted on 09/12/2012 4:07:23 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Steve Newton

The “Iowas” only had 16 inch guns.

If we raised the Japanese super-dreadnought “Yamato” you could mount her 8 18-inch guns on a platform and shell the crap out of the Muzzies.


23 posted on 09/12/2012 4:08:42 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (I'm a grown-ass man, I thought I'd seen it all.)
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To: GonzoGOP
OK reply to myself. I just pulled up the sat map of Benghazi. It is an man made port and the continental shelf is fairly close to shore. They could cover a retreat to the coast with their 5” guns. But that would mean putting billion dollar ships close enough to shore than any Libyan with an outdated Soviet era field piece might be able to sink them. Unlike the old BB the DDGs have bupkis in the way of armor. One hit and they are out of action.

I don't see Obama risking the ships. They will cruise back and forth out of range for political theater. Hitting the shores of Tripoli requires a president with guts. Along with enough firepower to make the bad guys keep their heads down. We have neither

24 posted on 09/12/2012 4:10:19 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: kabar

Yep political theatre. But Obama will not allow a crisis to go to waste. watch him wag the dog by lobbing some bombs in Libya to distract from his failed economy.

While all the attention is focused on Libya I am still pissed about our flag in Eqypt. Somehow that outrage & our country’s stupid apology has been forgotten.


25 posted on 09/12/2012 4:12:05 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Emperor Palpatine
If we raised the Japanese super-dreadnought “Yamato” you could mount her 8 18-inch guns on a platform and shell the crap out of the Muzzies.

The 16" 50s had better performance then the lower velocity 18.1" guns of the Yamato. In addition while of less weight than the Yamato the Iowas had a better arrangement that offered better protection to the ships vital areas. Finally the fire control on Yamato and Musashi was primitive compared with the Iowa. In the battle of Samar the Yamato scored a sum total of 0 hits with its main guns. Musashi never fired her main guns in anger so there is no way to know if she would have done better. The Iowa class in contrast had a well deserved reputation as 22 mile snipers.

The Iowas were the proof that at least in terms of a Battleship quality does beat size.
26 posted on 09/12/2012 4:19:26 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Hil-la-ry has got to go!


27 posted on 09/12/2012 4:21:18 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Palmetto Patriot
Now if those ships do some shelling or blockading, that would be appropriate.

But they'll most likely just pull up at the coast and ride at anchor, uselessly. Don't expect a powerful and rightiously vengeful response with the Bamster-in-chief sitting in the oval office.

28 posted on 09/12/2012 4:21:27 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Obama shoots blanks.


29 posted on 09/12/2012 4:23:07 PM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: kabar

We have 50 Marines on sight so they probably are there for that reason... and for political show.

LLS


30 posted on 09/12/2012 4:24:49 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Are we sure they are US ships or are we putting Russian naval vessels?

Ya have to ask with this administration. Maybe Pooty-Poot is calling the shots.


31 posted on 09/12/2012 4:25:15 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Raise and build it this way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYd8dC_WDVw&feature=related


32 posted on 09/12/2012 4:25:49 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: samadams2000

Exactly ... a chance in the run up to the general election to play commander in chief and get free air time while accomplishing nothing. See if he gets any bounce in the polls by blowing up a few tents in the desert?


33 posted on 09/12/2012 4:26:02 PM PDT by Mac94
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To: tumblindice

I’ve noticed that when he needs to look concerned they make him look into the sun. Like this morning.


34 posted on 09/12/2012 4:26:26 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: samadams2000

“My guess is a bunch of deserted tents will be bombed this month. Followed by a tough guy -in- chief speech.”

That’s my bet. This is going to be a Clinton moment. Maybe we will blow up a rebel chemical weapons depot that was stolen from the Syrians.


35 posted on 09/12/2012 4:26:35 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: plain talk

I doubt that we will fire anything into Libya. Unlike the Egyptian government, the Libyan government apologized profusely for the attack. We are still under the illusion that we can make Libya an ally.


36 posted on 09/12/2012 4:31:28 PM PDT by kabar
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To: LibLieSlayer

They will have a burnt out consulate building to guard. No doubt we will be seeking an interim facility. The Marines will help the consulate folks to secure any classified materials and equipment still remaining there.


37 posted on 09/12/2012 4:33:52 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

actually I hope you are right. My concern is that Obama will actually listen to a Bill Clinton, lob some cruise missiles and garner support from the public. I don’t think there is any real retaliation possible until Obama is out of there and a systemic approach is taken.


38 posted on 09/12/2012 4:35:04 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Palmetto Patriot

YES

Fire them lovely missles when ya get within range guys...


39 posted on 09/12/2012 4:37:03 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: paul51

Yes, one would HOPE that this act would ELICIT a response...


40 posted on 09/12/2012 4:38:24 PM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: kabar

No doubt... they know their jobs... unlike the muzzie in chief.

LLS


41 posted on 09/12/2012 4:44:58 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: kabar

True; but destroyers are also the advance screen for carrier battle groups (CVBG) and amphibious ready groups (ARG). Those 50 Marines being sent to reinforce security at the US Consulate in Benghazi are probably going to have a heck of a lot of indirect fire support and Marine backup sitting just over the horizon.


42 posted on 09/12/2012 4:47:48 PM PDT by Captain Rhino (Determined Effort is the hammer that Human Will uses to forge Tomorrow on the anvil of Today.)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Obama the War Monger is going to strike Libya again?


43 posted on 09/12/2012 4:49:08 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator; All
What a perfect time for Isreal to make a move.
44 posted on 09/12/2012 4:51:48 PM PDT by Partisan Hack
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To: Palmetto Patriot

they are going to deliver a really stern letter!

gasp!


45 posted on 09/12/2012 4:51:49 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Captain Rhino
It won't come to that. They are there to secure facilities and equipment and provide security for setting up replacement facilities. Everyone stationed at the consulate has left. The State Dept will send in some TDY personnel to reconstitute the consulate and pack up whatever personal belongings are left from the staff.

The Embassy is in Tripoli.

46 posted on 09/12/2012 4:52:22 PM PDT by kabar
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To: GonzoGOP
The Iowa class in contrast had a well deserved reputation as 22 mile snipers.

My dad was the port 5" gunnery officer on the Iowa when his gun crew nailed Wonsan harbor on Sept 23, 1952. It wiped out the communist's winter ammunition supply.

47 posted on 09/12/2012 4:56:01 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: EnquiringMind
Obama shoots blanks.

There's an old joke related to that, about a man wearing a tuxedo to get a vasectomy...

Cheers!

48 posted on 09/12/2012 5:12:14 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Myrddin

Nice to have a Dad you can be proud of!


49 posted on 09/12/2012 5:17:41 PM PDT by what's up
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To: samadams2000

“.... a bunch of deserted tents will be bombed later this month”

That reminds of a statement of Dubya’s...made shortly after 911 in 2001.....he made it in the Oval Office, and was referring to Willy Jeff Clinton’s feckless cruise missile diversions during the Lewinsky scandals..

“When I take action, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.”

He was speaking to a group of Senators in the Oval Office two days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

It is one of my all time favorite Bushisms...


50 posted on 09/12/2012 5:21:38 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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